If you nurse your baby to sleep for naps

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If you nurse your baby to sleep for naps

Postby LaraE » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:18 am

How do you decide the right time to unlatch them and lay them down? I'm always scared to lay her down because she usually wakes up and cries. [/u]
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Postby mommyofgirls » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:47 pm

Well as soon as she loses suction I put her down, but they say after 4 or 6 months they need to go down a little bit awake so not dead asleep to learn how to put themselves to sleep. That's the way to do it!
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Postby jessm » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:40 am

Sometimes I wait until he moves his head and then I often put him in the bouncy. Putting him down awake is useless he just cries.
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Postby stefanielynn » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:39 am

I wait until her sucking slows significantly or until she completely unlatches on her own. I still nurse her for naps and before bed/during the night.
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Postby BeccaM » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:14 am

After the first few months, I used to nurse until he "flutter" sucked and then lay him down drowsy.

I started around that age practicing laying him down before he was fully asleep. I still nursed him to relax him, but not to sleep. That way he would learn to go to sleep on his own. I didn't want him to HAVE to nurse to sleep when he was a toddler! I am glad I did it that way, because my husband was able to lay him down for naps by the time he was 8 - 9 months old, as long as his tummy was full!
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Postby LaraE » Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:41 am

If its naptime and she wakes up when i lay her down, she just cries. Shes better at bedtime.
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Postby jessm » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:21 am

DS is much better at bedtime too. Its rough. I figure for now there is no way for me to explain to him that its naptime. He doesn't need a bottle to nap when he's at daycare or with someone else. Only when he's with me does he generally insist on nursing to sleep. I think its a comfort thing. I'm thinking he'll grow out of it eventually.
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Postby LaraE » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:30 pm

yeah i dont mind it so much but sometimes, i fall asleep with her lol and we end up sleeping on the recliner with my boob in her mouth for over an hour LOL!

and sometimes i fantasize about just being able to lay her down at naptime without her having to be asleep already
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Postby jessm » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:23 pm

I fantasize about that too. Although last night I laid him down and he woke up when I laid him down and smiled at me (so sweet). But I tried leaving the room anyway and I heard him kicking his legs for a little while, but he went to sleep after a few minutes on his own. During the day he'd never do that.
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Postby LaraE » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:00 pm

I'm at home with her today. This morning after she nursed to sleep, i laid her down then she woke up crying. Nap fail

This afternoon, ive let her nap on the boob for 1.5 hrs and she's still asleep. Oh well. I cant afford 2 failed naps in one day
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Postby Sisrea » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:43 pm

Once his he stops swallowing, or unlatches I go ahead and swaddle him, prop him up and give him a paci while holding him and then he will spit it out once he as fallen asleep. Once he s around 4 months I plan on laying him drowsy
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Postby jessm » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:56 am

LaraE wrote:I'm at home with her today. This morning after she nursed to sleep, i laid her down then she woke up crying. Nap fail

This afternoon, ive let her nap on the boob for 1.5 hrs and she's still asleep. Oh well. I cant afford 2 failed naps in one day


I have the exact same issue. Sometimes I can get him to lay down in his bouncy if he's really tired. The daycare has no problem getting him to nap though. Its just when he's with me he wants to nurse to sleep. A comfort thing I guess.
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Postby LaraE » Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:48 am

Ugh! We're right back at it again. I nursed her to sleep, got up to lay her down, she had been asleep about 20-25 mins and as soon as her head hit the mattress, she's awake. So i walk out and she cries for 30 seconds. Then silence so i think she's asleep. NOPE! i check on her with the vid cam and shes sitting up in the crib playing with her stuffed animal, talking to herself. Which she's been doing the last 10 mins. How frustrating!
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Postby jessm » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:33 am

I know. Its annoying.
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Postby BeccaM » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:28 am

LaraE wrote:Ugh! We're right back at it again. I nursed her to sleep, got up to lay her down, she had been asleep about 20-25 mins and as soon as her head hit the mattress, she's awake. So i walk out and she cries for 30 seconds. Then silence so i think she's asleep. NOPE! i check on her with the vid cam and shes sitting up in the crib playing with her stuffed animal, talking to herself. Which she's been doing the last 10 mins. How frustrating!


Some people don't feel to do this with their child and that's okay, but around your daughter's age I started nursing and then laying him down and if he didn't fall asleep while nursing, I would kiss him and say "Night-night" and leave the room. He would cry for maybe 10 minutes or less and then fall a sleep on his own. I think I may have started off with sitting down in a chair near his crib while he fell asleep, but not picking him up. It did work out better for me to just walk out though, because then he wasn't distracted by my presence.

If he was teething hard, that was another matter entirely! And I never left him too long at this age, but I did feel fine doing what I did. He does now fall asleep very well on his own, and has for months! Just my unasked for advice! :D
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